Seyed Mohsen Tabatabaei Mozdabadi:

Earthquake Caused 6% of the Country’s Casualties

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 12:35

The secretary of Iran Urban Economics Scientific Association has stated that on average, 6-magnitude earthquakes occur yearly but a magnitude 7 earthquake occurs every 10 years in the country.

In his interview with ISCA News Agency, Seyed Mohsen Tabatabaei Mozdabadi explained that based on the released official figures, 6 percent of the country’s casualties have been caused by earthquake over the past 25 years.

Referring to the recent earthquake happened in west of the country, the urban expert said that although earthquake is a natural hazard, it has prior and post socioeconomic and political aspects and impacts.

He noted that one of the unsolved problems of the earth science is the place where an earthquake originates so the efforts must be done to reduce its impacts and consequences.

Those who are responsible have to know that the prevention acts cost much less, “events like earthquakes are natural phenomena, but transforming an incident into a disaster depend on human and Managerial behaviour.”

An earthquake is a geographic reality, in other words, a geographic algebra. Nearly 15% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the Alpine- Himalayan seismic belt where our country is located on this belt, therefore it considers as an earthquake prone country, he said.

Emphasizing that earthquake is an inevitable phenomenon that is always present in the geographic area of the country and cannot be ignored; he declared that “pre-crisis management, management during the crisis, and post-crisis management should be planned.”

Stating that we must respect the laws of nature and adhere to its rules, he further noted that new sciences and technologies help human to be aware of the cause and mechanism of the occurrence of all natural disasters in order to analyze their dimensions; therefore, uncontrolled construction in seismic zones and areas must be avoided.

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